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Licence plates on the back of a taxi in Kolkata.
Licence plates on the back of a taxi in Kolkata.

All motorised road vehicles are tagged with a licence number in India. The licence plate number is issued by the district-level Regional Transport Office (RTO) of respective states - the main authority on road matters. The licence plates are placed in the front and back of the vehicle. By law, all plates are based on the Roman script, though many states violate this by writing the numerals in the local script. Other guidelines include having the plate lit up at night and the restriction of the fonts that could be used. In some states such as Sikkim, cars bearing outside plates are barred from entering restricted areas. Image File history File links Indian licence plate. ... Image File history File links Indian licence plate. ... Taxis as seen in New York City A Taxi generally is a form of transport where one pays for conveyance. ... Jump to: navigation, search It has been suggested that Maidan(Kolkata) be merged into this article or section. ... India is subdivided into 28 states, 6 union territories and a National Capital Territory. ... In typography, a typeface is a co-ordinated set of character designs, which usually comprises an alphabet of letters, a set of numerals and a set of punctuation marks. ... Jump to: navigation, search Sikkim is a landlocked Indian state nestled in the Himalayas. ...


Plates for private car and two-wheeler owners have a white background with black lettering. Commercial vehicles such as taxis and trucks have a yellow background and black text. Vehicles belonging to foreign consulates also have the same yellow and black colouring. The President of India and state governors travel in official cars without licence plates. Instead they have the Emblem of India in gold embossed on a red plate. White is a color (more accurately it contains all the colors of the visible spectrum and is sometimes described as an achromatic color—black is the absence of color) that has high brightness but zero hue. ... Black is a color with several subtle differences in meaning. ... Jump to: navigation, search Yellow is a color with a wavelength 565-590 nanometers. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Emblem of India The national emblem of India is an adaptation of the Buddhist Lion Capital of Asoka at Sarnath, near Banaras in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. ...


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Format

Format of the registration is as shown below

SS DD AA NNNN

Where SS is the two letter state code; DD is the two digit district code; NNNN is the unique licence plate number and AA are the optional alphabets if the 9999 numbers are used up. An example would be:


MH 01 CA 1002


The first two alphabets MH indicate that the vehicle is from the state Maharashtra. The next two are the district (In this case the capital Mumbai). CA 1002 is the unique licence plate number. Maharashtra (महाराष्ट्र) is Indias third largest state in terms of area and second largest in terms of population after Uttar Pradesh. ... Jump to: navigation, search Mumbai (Marathi: मुंबई ) (pronounced in Marathi, and in English), formerly known as Bombay is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and is the most populous Indian city with a 2005 estimated population of about 13 million. ...


The National Capital Territory of Delhi has an additional code in the registration code: Jump to: navigation, search This article deals with the city of Delhi. ...

SS DD C AA NNNN

Where SS is the two letter code for Delhi (DL). The additional C (for category of vehicle) is the letter 'S' for two-wheelers, 'C' for cars and SUVs, 'R' for the three-wheeled rickshaws and 'V' for pick-up trucks and vans. Thus a Delhi-specific example is:


DL 05 S AB 9876


States

All Indian states and Union Territories have their own two-letter code. This two letter referencing came into action in the 1980s. Before that each district or Regional Transport Officer's office had a three letter code without mentioning the state, which lead to a fair degree of confusion - for example, MMC 8259 could fit in anywhere in the country. To avoid this ambiguity the state code was included along with the district or RTO's office. In some states such as Maharashtra, licence plates before 1960, when the state was known as Bombay Presidency, bear notations such as BMC or BDL. ... Jump to: navigation, search // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


In some states certain licence plates are rendered redundant after the creation of new states. After the carving out of Uttaranchal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar respectively, the entire registration numbering in the newly chalked territories had to be overhauled. Uttaranchal (उत्तरांचल) became the 27th state of the Republic of India on November 9, 2000 after a relatively short and peaceful struggle by its people in the 1990s, having previously comprised part of Uttar Pradesh. ... Chhattisgarh (छत्तीसगढ़), a state in central India, formed when the sixteen southeastern districts of Madhya Pradesh gained statehood on November 1, 2000. ... Jharkhand (झारखंड in Devanagari) is a state in eastern India. ... Jump to: navigation, search Uttar Pradesh (Hindi: उत्तर प्रदेश, Urdu: اتر پردیش), also popularly known by its acronym UP, is the fifth largest and the most populous state in India. ... Madhya Pradesh (मध्य प्रदेश) is a state in central India. ... Jump to: navigation, search Bihar ( बिहार in Devanagri) is a state of the Indian union situated in the eastern part of the country. ...


The list of two-lettered state codes is as follows:

State Two-letter Code
Andhra Pradesh AP
Arunachal Pradesh AR
Assam AS
Bihar BR
Chattisgarh CG
Delhi DL
Goa GA
Gujarat GJ
Haryana HR
Himachal Pradesh HP
Jammu & Kashmir JK
Jharkhand JH
Karnataka KA
Kerala KL
Madhya Pradesh MP
State Two-letter Code
Maharashtra MH
Manipur MN
Meghalaya ML
Mizoram MZ
Nagaland NL
Orissa OR
Punjab PB
Rajasthan RJ
Sikkim SK
Tamil Nadu TN
Tripura TR
Uttaranchal UL
Uttar Pradesh UP
West Bengal WB
   
Union Territory Two-letter Code
Andaman & Nicobar AN
Chandigarh CH
Dadra and Nagar Haveli DN
Daman & Diu DD
Lakshadweep LD
Pondicherry PY

Jump to: navigation, search Andhra Pradesh (ఆంధ్ర ప్రదేశం in Telugu) (Ä€ndhra Prādesh), is a state in south-eastern India and is part of the linguistic-cultural region of South India. ... Arunachal Pradesh (अरुणाचल प्रदेश) is an Indian state. ... Assam (অসম) is a northeastern state of India with its capital at Dispur. ... Jump to: navigation, search Bihar ( बिहार in Devanagri) is a state of the Indian union situated in the eastern part of the country. ... Chhattisgarh (छत्तीसगढ़), a state in central India, formed when the sixteen southeastern districts of Madhya Pradesh gained statehood on November 1, 2000. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article deals with the city of Delhi. ... Goa (गोवा in DevanāgarÄ«) is Indias smallest state in terms of area and the fourth smallest in terms of population after Sikkim, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh. ... Jump to: navigation, search Gujarat (ગુજરાત in Gujarati) is the most industrialized state in India after Maharashtra and is located in western India, bordered by Pakistan to the northwest and Rajasthan to the north. ... Haryana (हरयाणा) is a state in north India. ... Himachal Pradesh, formally the Punjab Hill States, is a state in northwest India. ... Jammu and Kashmir is a historic state in Asia which is currently disputed between India, Pakistan, and to a lesser extent, China. ... Jharkhand (झारखंड in Devanagari) is a state in eastern India. ... Karnataka (ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ in Kannada) is one of the four southern states of India. ... List of famous Keralites Districts of Kerala Local Body Election in Kerala Government Websites Government of Kerala Chief Minister of Kerala Kerala Tourism Other Websites Kerala Kerala Matrimonials Kerala movies Kerala web directory Business Information on Kerala Online Newspaper kerala portal Kerala news Maps of Kerala Holidays in Kerala Keralam... Madhya Pradesh (मध्य प्रदेश) is a state in central India. ... Maharashtra (महाराष्ट्र) is Indias third largest state in terms of area and second largest in terms of population after Uttar Pradesh. ... Manipur (মনিপুর) is a state in northeastern India making its capital in the city of Imphal. ... Meghalaya (मेघालय in DevanāgarÄ«) is a small state in north-eastern India. ... Mizoram is a state in northeastern India. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Orissa (2001 provisional pop. ... This article details the Indian state of Punjab. ... Rajasthan (राजस्थान) is the geographically largest state in northwestern India. ... Jump to: navigation, search Sikkim is a landlocked Indian state nestled in the Himalayas. ... Tamil Nadu (தமிழ் நாடு, Land of the Tamils) is a state at the southern tip of India. ... Tripura (ত্রিপুরা) is a state in North-east India. ... Uttaranchal (उत्तरांचल) became the 27th state of the Republic of India on November 9, 2000 after a relatively short and peaceful struggle by its people in the 1990s, having previously comprised part of Uttar Pradesh. ... Jump to: navigation, search Uttar Pradesh (Hindi: उत्तर प्रदेश, Urdu: اتر پردیش), also popularly known by its acronym UP, is the fifth largest and the most populous state in India. ... Jump to: navigation, search West Bengal (পশ্চিম বঙ্গ, Pościm Bôngo) is a state in the eastern region of India. ... Map of Andaman and Nicobar Islands with an extra detailed area around Port Blair The Andaman and Nicobar Islands are a union territory of India. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Dadra and Nagar Haveli is a Union Territory in western India. ... Daman and Diu is a union territory in India. ... Lakshadweep (Hindi: लक्शद्वीप Tamil: லக்ஷத்வீப்) is the smallest Union Territory of India. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

Districts

Since all states have a two or more districts, the district is given the charge of registering the vehicle. A vehicle bears the registration of the district in which it is bought rather than the district of residence of the owner. In many states, officials insist that the plates be changed to the local numbers if the owner shifts residence.


The number of districts in the state need not equal the number of permutations of the district field of the licence plate. Often, in large cities the geographical district can be split into two or more administered regions, each governed by an RTO. A case is the Mumbai Suburban district which has the plate bearings MH-02 and MH-03. Also the 01' digit may reflect the capital district of the state, though it may not always be the case.


In some states such as West Bengal, each RTO issues two numbers, one for commercial vehicles and another for private vehicles. Eg. Kalimpong has the numbers WB-79 for private vehicles and WB-78 for commercial or public ones. Jump to: navigation, search West Bengal (পশ্চিম বঙ্গ, Pościm Bôngo) is a state in the eastern region of India. ... Kalimpong town as viewed from a distant hill. ...


Though the district field is of two digits, in some areas such as Delhi, the 0 is omitted, usually because Delhi has less than ten districts thus removing any ambiguity. Eg. DL-6 . Jump to: navigation, search This article deals with the city of Delhi. ...


Unique numbering

The last four digits are unique to the vehicle. Usually, the lower 1000 numbers are government registered numbers, but it may not always be the case. Special lucky numbers such as 3333 or 6666 fetch a premium and may touch above rupees 10,000. cdgtgbs dnhbsdb ndwat herghq ewgq Rs. ...


Unique alphabets

If all the 9999 numbers are used up, the RTO adds the letter 'A before the number space so that more numbers can be accommodated. In some states, the two letters also give the description of the make of the vehicle. Eg. In Mumbai, MH-01 AA would point to a two-wheeler; where as MH-01 CA is a small car. MH-01 J **** and MH-01 X **** are taxis.


The alphabets may also reflect the subdivision of the district if the district is geographically large.


Military vehicles

Military vehicles have a unique numbering system unlike any other licence numbers. The numbers are registered by the Ministry of Defence in New Delhi and appear to have a pseudo-random numbering. The first (or the third) character is always an arrow pointing upwards. The first two digits signify the year in which the Military procured the vehicle. Jump to: navigation, search This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Consular plates

Vehicles belonging to foreign missions bear the plates CC which stands for Consular Corps. eg 13 CC xxxx would refer to a country. As per international law they are exempt from fines resulting from traffic transgressions.


Other numbering

Other numbering include the special numbers allotted to public transportation such as buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws. The numbers are registered by the organisations which run the services and are usually printed on the side of the vehicle. Bajaj in Jakarta Indonesia. ...


Temporary numbers

As soon as a vehicle is purchased, the dealer of the vehicle issues a temporary licence sticker known colloquially as a TR (To Register) number. This is valid for one month, during which the owner must register the vehicle in the controlling RTO of the area in which the owner is residing to get a standard licence plate. Some states like Tamil Nadu does not allow vehicles with TR numbers on the road, the dealer will hand over the vehicle to the purchaser only after the registration process is done. To register a vehicle, it has to be presented to the RTO's office, where a Motor Vehicle Inspector will verify the applicant's address and other details, confirm that the engine and chassis numbers are identical to what is written in the application and issues a permanent registration certificate which is usually valid for 20 years. The permanent registration certificate is one of the four important documents a vehicle plying on the road should always have; the others being a valid insurance certificate, a pollution under control certificate (PUC) and of course, the driver's license. For public utility vehicles like buses, trucks, taxis and pick-up vans, there are a number of additional documents like a road-worthiness certificate and a transportation permit. Tamil Nadu (தமிழ் நாடு, Land of the Tamils) is a state at the southern tip of India. ...


See also

These are a list of some Indian licence plates, broken down into states or Union Territories, and their districts. ... The divisions of a district. ...

External Links

  • List of two-letter codes

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